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Daily Red Sox Links: Jay Groome, Jason Varitek, Jon Lester

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In case you missed it, the Red Sox did indeed end up adding seven new players to their 40-man roster in order to protect from from the Rule 5 Draft. (Christopher Smith; Mass Live)

It wasn’t just the Rule 5 news that came out on Friday, though. Boston also officially announced their coaching staff, which included the hiring of Will Venable and a new title for Jason Varitek. (Chris Cotillo; Mass Live)

I’d love to see Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform too, and I have a pretty good feeling I’m not alone among Red Sox fans.. (Dakota Randall; NESN)

Nick Groke takes a look at each team’s worst trade in the history of their franchise. If you think about it for a second it probably won’t surprise you that Boston tops the list. (Nick Groke; The Athletic)

A thoughtful piece on why Curt Schilling should not be in the Hall of Fame. (Zach Hayes; Pitcher List)